Boston Mineral Club
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You do not need a college degree in earth sciences to join the club! We are open to all. We welcome and encourage new members to join the club. Membership
The Boston Mineral Club (BMC) was founded in 1936 to "promote the study and collecting of rocks and minerals, to encourage friendly cooperation among mineralogists and collectors, [and] to promote the study of mineralogy and related arts and sciences coming within the purview of earth sciences..."
In the pursuit of these goals, the BMC offers educational programs at club meetings, mineral collecting field trips, a newsletter, and access to our mineralogical reference library.
The Boston Mineral Club is a member of the American Federation of Mineral Societies and the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies. The BMC also is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.
The Boston Mineral Club is proud of its long tradition of conducting field trips to collecting localities throughout the New England area. Information about trips planned for the current year is published in our newsletters which can be found in the members only area of the website.
The club also organizes occasional trips to localities outside of New England. Previous destinations have included Nova Scotia, Kentucky, Georgia and Arizona. You can view photos of our 2009 trip to Nova Scotia here: Nova Scotia 2009.
Information about the regular monthly meetings of the club can be found on the meetings page.
Following the presentation, we will divide in to two groups. Group A will take a 30 minute tour of the CNS laboratory while group B has a chance to try out various methods for identifying common minerals using physical characteristics such as hardness, streak, specific gravity, and crystal shape. Then the two groups will switch and group B will take the tour while group A has a chance to work on mineral identification.
In keeping with the theme of the meeting, Boston Mineral Club members are encouraged to bring in small study mineral specimens that they would like to try to identify. For specific gravity measurements the specimens need to consist of a single mineral species and weigh at least 1 carat but no more than 30 grams. The club will have some “mystery specimens” available for you to try if you forget to bring your own.
This will now be our second meeting at the new earlier start time. The objective of this change is to end our meetings sooner to make it easier for our enthusiastic young members to attend on a school night. It will also allow members who have long drive home to participate in more of the meeting. As a result the Harvard Mineral Museum is now open for us from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Refreshments will be available starting at 7:00 PM and the meeting will formally begin at 7:30 PM with a short business meeting before starting the presentation. The business meeting will include the recognition of Kelly McKeon. Kelly is one of our two scholarship recipients for 2016. Refer to Barbara Liebman’s article in the May newsletter for more details. The evening will still end with our traditional mineral specimen raffle but we will begin selling raffle tickets before the meeting to shave a little more time off the meeting length.
If you would like to do a little reading about Raman and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectroscopy methods prior to the meeting, you should look at the following online references:This promises to be an informative and enjoyable meeting. I hope to see you there. Please remember that all of our meetings are open to the public. Members are encouraged to invite a friend to attend and see what the club is all about.
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